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The Ideal North Korean Missionary: A Tough Old Bird

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Our post this week is a surprise guest post by our daughter, Margaret. It's not because I'm too busy to write or because I'm on vacation that I'm having her guest post. It's because what she wrote here is better than anything I wrote this week. Frankly, it's the best explanation I've read about...

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It's the core technology for North Korean ministry. But it can't be imported from the West because of its scarcity there.

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

In Underground Technology and Underground University, our discipleship and missionary schools for North Korean defectors in Seoul, we don’t teach South Korean or Western strategies of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. We don't even teach missional "best practices". Instead...

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While the nations rage, Christians' prayer priority remains unchanged

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Uncertainty regarding the status of negotiations between North Korea, the United States, and South Korea has fixed many Christians’ eyes to the headlines daily to know how to pray. But the most important prayer that Christians can pray related to North Korea is one that can only be found...

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“Can’t you just wait?” Why the Peace of Korea can—and must—be entrusted to balloon launchers, among others

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

Launching balloons into North Korea is never boring work, but these are especially interesting times to be a launcher. “Why can’t you just wait to launch?” is the question one hears repeatedly, often urgently and in frustration, asked by government officials, police, media...

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Why I Don't Pray for North Korea to "Open to the Gospel"

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As I travel to speak about North Korea, I frequently hear Christians say, "I have been praying for many years for North Korea to open to the Gospel." This is a very understandable sentiment due to how North Korea is portrayed in the news. Take for instance the recent Associated Press...

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On The Death Of Our North Korean Student, Mrs. Choi

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Today, Holy Saturday, we are having the memorial service for our former student named Mrs. Choi. She was born February 10th, 1973. Her hometown was Chungjin, in North Hamgyeong Province. She was sold in China and lived near Harbin for some years, giving birth to a son. She came to Korea on April...

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It's now the post-missionary age of NK ministry, and its newest hero is Mrs. MG

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People sometimes mistakenly label Dr. Foley and me as "missionaries to North Korea." Actually, we are not missionaries but rather servants of the persecuted church of North Korea. Everything we do for North Koreans, we do in support of, in partnership with, and at the request of the North Korean...

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An NK Bible Smuggling Story: How God Smuggles Bibles By Transforming Hearts, Not Deceiving Eyes

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I met a young North Korean man Sunday who was newly arrived in South Korea. He had defected shortly after completing his mandatory ten year military service. He had caught my attention during the worship service where I was preaching because he held eye contact with me the entire time, had...

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Congratulations to Ji Seong Ho, but the biggest North Korean heroes are those who cross the border in the other direction

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Ji Seong Ho may now be the best-known North Korean defector on the planet. The image of him holding his crutches aloft as President Trump told his story in the State of the Union address will not soon be forgotten. President Trump said that Mr. Ji is "a testament to the yearning of every human...

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Do North Koreans Actually Believe in the Official North Korean Ideology?

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More and more news reports and human rights organizations these days assert that more and more North Koreans are having doubts about the Juche ideology. (Juche is North Korea's official belief system that is also sometimes referred to in the West as Kim Il Sung-ism, since the Juche ideology...

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